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5 Simple Home Improvements for Less than $1,000
It's easy to understand if you, just like a lot of Americans, identify home remodeling projects with money vanishing out your door. Consider this, an average bathroom remodel costs more than $16,000, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2014 Cost versus Value Report. Changing out your windows runs $8,000 on average. Kitchens and master bedroom projects usually run way more than that amount.
Keep in mind, though, that a number of less expensive projects can give you instant curb appeal, which will make living in your abode even more pleasant, and can be done with a much more affordable price.
The following are a number of uncomplicated enhancements to consider.
1. Improve your lighting.
Keep in mind that good modern lighting can make a room look larger and warmer. For this reason swap out any old-fashioned light fixtures and update them with newer energy efficient models. To search for stylish alternatives, home retailer web sites will keep you updated on the most recent lighting trends, such as copper or bronze fixtures. Pendants or candelabrums in captivating metals and designs can improve the look and feel of a room more than you might think.
Expected cost: Fixture prices can vary a lot, and can go from $20 to $1000. If you have to hire an electrician, you may need to choose less expensive lighting to offset your costs. Alternatively, spray painting your existing light fixtures could cost you as little as $20.
2. Update your entrance.
One of the best ways to improve the look of your home from the street is to make your front entrance enriched and more appealing. Replacing the front door is an obvious way to reach that goal. Maybe try a new solid door with modern fittings or locks. Or improve your existing door with new paint and handles (remember you may still need to allocate budget for a handy man even when you're only replacing the knobs).
When your front door is in good condition and you simply want to spruce up the door entry, potted plants, a new exterior light, fresh new door numbers and a new 'Welcome' rug can instantly add charisma, and be done affordably.
Expected cost: a new front door will run around $1,000 (a fiberglass door will probably cost more). You should expect to pay approximately $30 to $100 for supplies if you paint it instead.
3. Update your bathroom.
Since bathrooms are usually small rooms, $1,000 can go a very long way. For instance, you can easily replace the toilet and sink- including paying for a plumber to install them- for under $1,000. You'll find the lowest prices on discontinued models. Another possibility: just painting the room, which can normally be completed in a couple of days. If you prefer to DIY, and own a plain, frameless mirror, called a builder's grade mirror, maybe consider updating it with a modern frame or learn how to tile.
Expected cost: Brand new toilets and sinks can be found for around $100 to $300 each. Vanities range from $500 to $900.
4. Hire professional cleaners.
A good cleaning not only enhances the look of your home, but also make living in it more enjoyable. While you can undoubtedly do it yourself, there are good reasons to sometimes hire a professional. Professional carpet cleaning companies, for example, use advanced and powerful carpet-cleaners that will suck out more dirt and water than you could get with a hand-held version. When it comes to windows, they can be challenging to clean yourself when they're in hard-to-reach locations, tempting you to leave parts uncleaned. Professional pressure washers can clean moss and mold and mildew off driveways and walkways, therefore making them cleaner in appearance and much safer for walkers.
Expected cost: Professional carpet cleaners should do the job for around $200 to $500, based on the dimensions of the area to be cleaned. Professional pressure washing machines can be rented for $100 to $200, or you can enlist the services of someone to take on the job for under $1000.
5. Jazz up the walls.
A room can really feel much larger if you add some wall decoration. Aim to use your walls from the floor to the ceiling, this give the eye a reason to move up and down, tricking it into thinking the space is bigger than it is.
Adding decor such as open shelving gives you a place to add in splashes of color and decorative or sentimental objects. Have a go at putting up simple shelves in a symmetrical pattern, or possibly moving your artwork from one room to another. If you're lacking items to hang, why not take an interesting piece of fabric and stretch it over a canvas, or frame bits of your favorite designs on paper. Both of these are effortless, inexpensive ways to add pizazz to your home.
Expected cost: Expect to pay anywhere from $20-- $100 for a single shelf or largish frame from a big box store.